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WEM PETTY SESSIONS, THURSDAY, JAN. 16.âBefore Capt. Dickin (chairman) W. S. Lawley, Esq., and Sir W. Honymau. Drunk, .1:C. â Emanuel Davies, hawker, pleaded guilty to being drunk in Wem on Oct. 5, an 1 also to another charge of en- camping on the high-road between Wem and Pool Head.âFined 6d. in each case, and costs, -18s. 6d. Wilful Damage.âAlfred Boylin was fined Is., and costs, and to pay 8s. (kl. for damage to the window of the house where he lodged. GUY FAWKES. Great interest was excited and the court crowded in consequence of 16 summonses having been served on the following men, for creating a disturbance on the 5th of Nov. :-Richard Maddocks, John Jervis, George Ruscoe, Francis Beckett, Philip Boyden, John Morris, Jonathan Lewis, John Davies, John Hedly, Wm. Pugh, Amos Richards, Thomas Stokes, Henry Egerton, Richard Starkey, John Jones, and Moses Edge. They were summoned for "unla wfully assisting to makea fire, calleo a bonfire within 50 feet of the centre of certain puhlic carriage ways called High-street .and Chapel-street, to the personal danger and interruption of persons travelling thereon." Thirteen appeared to answer the charge. Mr. Craig appeared for the whole of the defendants, and asked for the information, and for all witnesses to leave the court. It was decided to take them in batches of four eacà , and after the case had been heard against the first four, the others should be called for identifica- tion. P.C. Hayes, stationed at Prees, was on duty in Wem on the 5th of Nov., from seven p.m. until after midnight. At various times during the night, the four defendants, in company with several others, were rolling burning tar barrels about the street. Mr. Craig objected to anything being said about tar bar-9 rels as they were not mentioned in the indictment. His clients were charged with making bonfires, and tar barrels were not bonfires.. By Mr. LawleyâWitness considered burning tar barrels stand- ing in the street as bonfires. The ChairRianâWe take this as good evidence. WitnessâAnd throwing tire balls about. Mr. Craig objected to fire balls as not in the charge. The Chairmamâ Never miud the fire balls, confine yourself to the tar barrels. WitnessâHigh-street was completely blocked, footpath and all, and very dangerous to auy persons travelling along the street. There were several barrels burnt in High-street and Chapel-street, the last opposite the Police Station. Cross-examined by Mr. CraigâCould not say the precise time, had something else to do than look at his watch in such a crowd. Did see a horse frightened. A trap was coming down High-street. Heard a lady screech, and he ran to the horse. The wheel was on the footpath. There were five officers, but could have had no chance with such a crowd. They prevented the barrels from being kicked down Chapel-street, but they brought one up fiomjthe bottom and burned it opposite the Police Station. Sergeant Owen was on duty from 6 p.m. until past midnight. Saw the defendants several times between the hours of eight and twelve assisting to roll the burning tar barrels. Sometimes they remained standing for a quarter of an hour and then kicked on again. It was very dangerous and sometimes impossible for anyone to pass. There were 500 or 600 in the crowd. Mr. R. N. BarlowâOn Nov. 5th saw a number of men and boys throwing fire balls and kicking burning tar barrels about the street. Did not think any horse could pass. It lasted for several hours. The police stood very quiet, and the mob floured them. Could not identify any of the defendants. Messrs. Bailey, chemist, Bellis, White Horse, and H. Kynas- ton, junior, corroborated this witness, but did not profess to identify any of the defendants. The other defendants were then called, and were all identified by either Sergeant Owen, P.C. Haynes, or P.C. Mellinsh. P.C. Clark (to chairman)âW^s on duty on November 5; was knocked down by a man running against him; his knee was badly hurt, and he had been off until Monday, Jan. 13. All the witnesses were cross-examined at length by Mr. Craig. This closed the case for the prosecution. Mr. Craig commenced his address by quoting the old nursery rhyme, Remember, remember, &c." He would first ask the Bench if they thought the evidence of identity was satisfactory. There was no independent evidence besides two policemen. [The Chairman: Three office1'8.1 About the bonfires there was no evidence to show who lighted the barrels, or that there was any personal danger or obstruction. He therefore contended there was no case. These poor lads were not the ringleaders. Sir Wna. HonymanâThey are not lads they are men. Mr. CraigâHere is one lad here. If these barrels and other combustibles had not been supplied this would not have hap- pened, and I consider those who supplied them worse than the lads. If the authorities had just issued a notice against it, it would have been prevented. The Chairman: Mr. Craig, I will state for your information that we did issue notices last year, and it was worse than before. Several persons were summoned and defended by Mr. Small- wood, and on his promise that it sllOuld not be repeated, we allowed the summonses to be withdrawn. Mr. CraigâI think Is. tine will be sufficient. I hold in my hand a document signed by a number of inhabitants saying they consider that no harm had. beeu dune. The Chairnlan-Read the whole of it and the names. 1'11'. Craig handed it to the Chairman. Sir WilliamâHow can they say no harm was done when an officer has been disabled ever since? Mr. Lawley-It is only signed by eleven in the whole town. After a short consultation, The Chairman saidâI am very sorry that our duty compels us to fine you, and we hope it will be a warning, and that it will never be repeated. You are fined 10s. each, and the expenses to be equally shared among you, and in default to be im- prisoned for fourteen days, with hard labour.










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